Beck and Maslen land Commodores Cup success at East Devon

PUBLISHED: 07:54 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 07:54 28 November 2013

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The prize for the competition at East Devon last Saturday was The Commodore's Cup, writes Paul Willoughby.

This is a trophy presented by club member (and retired Commodore) Robert Harland in 1994 and is contested between those members who have played for the club in matches in the previous year.

The format is four-ball better ball – if you’re not a golfer and don’t understand that phrase, then let your eyes glaze over! Nine groups of 36 players took part in excellent winter conditions – sunshine, a little wind but not too cold.

The winners of the Cup were Tony Beck and Paul Maslen (more of them later!) with an excellent 42 points.

Close behind were Bob Horton and Colin Thomas with an almost as good 41 points. Third were Phil Keen and Clive Bennett with 39 points and fourth was the team of Andy Pelosi and John Pulman with 38 points.

Paul Maslen and Tony Beck clearly played out of their socks; not only did Tony have birdies on the (difficult) 17th and 18th holes but Paul had an eagle on the 409 yard 16th! That means, dear Non-golfers, that he hit a good drive followed by a stunning second shot which went in the hole – I expect it surprised him too! He and his partner scored 12 points on the last three holes! Excellent play.

At the end of the season there is an award for the Most Valuable Player – like a Man of the Match, only for the whole year. This recognition was presented to the club by Paul Thompson in memory of Ivor Morris, sadly dec’d, who was a past B team Match Captain some years ago and is awarded by the current Match Manager, Phil Keen, to the player who has given him most support during the year. Fittingly the award was presented to Robert Harland (Yes, the same Harland who presented the Cup!) who played for the club in seven matches and won six of them.

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